What the fudge? ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ skyrockets in Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Series

While HBO’s “Veep” is the Best Comedy Series frontrunner at the Emmy Awards with 16 nominations, Gold Derby’s 13 experts drawn from major media outlets warn to watch out for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Over the past few weeks the Netflix comedy has skyrocketed in their overall predictions and currently lands in their #2 position to win with odds of 12/1, behind only “Veep” in first place at 1/5.

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Twelve experts predict that “Veep” will win its second consecutive series trophy: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed)

However, Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) goes rogue in forecasting that “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will “make waffles” out of “Veep,” as Ellie Kemper‘s titular character might say. But does “Kimmy’s” lack of any writing or directing nominations hurt its chances in the top race? It’s now been a whopping 14 years since “Friends” (2002) won without corresponding writing or directing bids. What the fudge?

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The writing and directing races at the Emmys often foretell what’ll win Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series. While “Veep” has leading three bids for directing and two for writing, “Transparent” (40/1 odds), “Master of None” (80/1 odds) and “Silicon Valley” (80/1 odds) also earned nominations in one or both of these races.

As with “Kimmy,” the other two Emmy nominees — “Black-ish” (40/1 odds) and “Modern Family” (80/1 odds) — were snubbed in these key categories, so history says that it may be tough for them to break through as Best Comedy Series.

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